Since my daughter and I are going through manners, I thought it to be appropriate to go through the George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company & Conversation.
I am having her use these as her copy work, and we talk about each one of them and what it really means. One conclusion we came up with (just as the Ten Commandments) the first one sums up all the rest… “1st Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.”
Here are some ideas to go along with study these:
1. Have the children use a quill pen, as Washington did.
2. What would they change or add if they were to make ‘Rules of Civility’ for today.
3. Use the ‘Rules of Civility’ as copy work.
4. If you have a quiver of full of kids, then have them create a skit to go along with one of the rules.
5. Be sure to discuss why these actions would be inappropriate still today in front of others.
To view the original document, online, click here. The idea here is to teach your child manners in public AND learn about history. You can do so without buying any curriculum at all!